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Success! Student Suspended For Anti-Bullying Video Back In School

Success! Student Suspended For Anti-Bullying Video Back In School

Jessica Barba, the 15-year-old student who was suspended for five days after creating an anti-bullying video about a fictional 12-year-old girl who commits suicide, was able to return to Longwood High School in Middle Island, NY, on Thursday. According to NBC News, the suspension has been erased from her record after a meeting with school officials.

Barba made the YouTube video and created a fictional Facebook page as part of a school project on anti-bullying. The video told the story of a made-up 12-year-old, Hailey Bennett (played by Barba), who was the victim of daily bullying both at school and on the mock Facebook page and who took her own life. Barba had been sure to include disclaimers on both the video and the Facebook page indicating that they were fictional. But after a parent saw the page and reported it to school officials, Barba was suspended.

The school district says that it cannot comment on the case to “protect the privacy of the student.”

That student, Barba, tells NBC News that her video ”accomplished more than I could have imagined” — something of an understatement, one might say. Her father, Michael Barba, says simply that he is “the proudest father in the world.”

Many thanks to Care2 members who signed the petition requesting that Barba be allowed to go back to school!


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3:03PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

What an amazing girl!

3:25AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

yay. so happy for her

3:56PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thank you.

2:17AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Ok, here's the end of it:

"If the person is still bullying you and your parents or teachers or principal still won't do anything, then go right to the cops.

Actually fighting the bully should be your last resort. But if you're being hurt physically and you have the ability to defend yourself, then it's not a crime. There were a few times when I had to threaten a bully with violence to finally get them to back off. It usually worked without going all the way to an actual fight.

And most importantly, don't lose hope! Your life WILL get better if you just keep moving ahead. I'm living proof."

2:11AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Care2 cut off the end of my comment. Too tired to reconstruct it. Maybe they should let us know there is a character limit?

1:59AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

One of the reasons that little is done in some cases is that the principals of many schools were the bullies when they were young. Some people get jobs based on their desire to hold power over people who can't fight back. They are less concerned with doing what is right and more with climbing the ladder to social status, political office, or whatever.

Another reason is that there are a lot of bullies who know how to game the system. When I was being bullied in school, most bullies would always pick their moment well. They hit you or whatever they are going to do, right at the moment when nobody in power is watching. And they don't leave any real proof behind. That way it is extremely hard for anyone in power over them to prove they did anything. In fact, often the way it happens is that if they did something, and you retaliate or make any type of sound or commotion, YOU end up getting in trouble for disturbing the class.

I could sit here and tell some horror stories about things that happened to me or some other people in my class. But I'd rather tell you about one way to stop bullying. As much as I don't believe in violence, I know from personal experience that one of the only way to end bullying is to stand up to bullies. It sounds cliche but it's true. Don't be a victim! Tell the person bullying you that you won't stand for it, that you will fight back AND tell the police.

Nowadays the police take this kind of thing a little more seriously. Bullying is assault. I

1:02PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

what makes you happy makes you proud..


8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Jessica is an inspiration and the school acted in a shameful and bullying manner when it suspended her. What were they so afraid of? A bit of "controversy", a student telling it like it is for many students facing a horrific time at the hands of bullies and tormentors? Some students have committed suicide because of constant bullying and the more we become aware of this, the better. What next, suspending students who bring awareness regarding the issues of mental health and stigma?

One person is peeved at the spelling of other people making comments here. Marvellous, you have nothing better to do. And yes, Google spell check red lined "marvellous" but in my part of the world we spell colour with a u....and centre, ohhh that is sending Google into a panic. Spellcheck...Google did not approve of your version either!

Not everyone is a Rhodes scholar or has a college education so leave people alone. As long as one can understand their basic sentence structure, catch the general drift of what they are saying...who really cares as long as the same comment isn't posted 11 times.

11:47PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thank you to those who did the work.

4:06AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

So glad!

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